This week, I've been looking at the release of Lit 3.0 to see if the use of Web Components has become easier with React.
On the React-Native side, version 0.73 is in release candidate with a number of DX improvements. There's also interesting activity regarding the possible optimisation of the Text and View components. Canvaskit-js makes it possible to run Skia on the web for just 20kb!
There were some interesting announcements at ViteConf last week. Notably a Rust port of Rollup, and the usage of Vite with Remix and React-Native.
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Google's Web Components framework Lit has just been released in v3.0. In addition to improvements to the framework (decorators, template compiler, Preact Signals), there is in particular the
@lit/react integration package, which has graduated from the Lab, is now stable and in v1.0.
This integration facilitates the use of Web Components in a React app (or Preact) by creating a wrapper that maps React props to the properties of the custom element, manages event handlers and facilitates TypeScript typing. It fills certain gaps in React 18, which does not integrate easily with Web Components: props are mapped to attributes rather than properties. See the documentation for the React framework.
But can a modern React dev use all this easily? Lit offers experimental packages @lit-labs/ssr, @lit-labs/ssr-react and @lit-labs/nextjs but support is limited and won't work with Next.js App Router. The Declarative Shadow DOM, which allows SSR, is not yet implemented in Firefox, but a polyfill exists. In short, Lit should work well on a CRA app, but still feels a bit risky if you need SSR and SEO.
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- 👀 Remix PR - Add experimental Vite support
- 👀 Remix PR - Add startViewTransition support
- 👀 Next.js PR - Document Server Actions
.bindmethod: the Next.js doc now recommends using
myAction.bind(null, myArg)to pass additional arguments to a Server Action. The returned function will then also be a Server Action.
- 📜 UI Composition - AKA taking a step back to take a step forward: article presenting an example of a Card component that has too much responsibility. Suggests splitting it and using composition to make it more maintainable.
- 📜 Server-side pagination with Remix: I found this implementation very interesting, with no
onClicklistener or JS to manipulate the query string. It relies solely on the native behaviour of forms and is therefore compatible with progressive enhancement. My reservation: impossible to open a page in a new tab 😅.
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At the moment, React-Native devs are talking a lot on Twitter about the perf of the
View components, which are JS wrappers and add overhead compared to the respective native
RCTView elements. William Candillon had already 🎥 explained this problem in 2021, with the possibility of optimising Text rendering. It is possible to optimize as long as you don't need a few features like
onPress listeners. This article presents a benchmark and measures the impact of using the native components instead of regular components, and reports a gain of around 15%, with variations depending on the platform and architecture.
Now that this trick became mainstream, React-Native devs are keen to take advantage of it. We can note the creation of react-native-fast-text, or the POC of a Babel plugin react-native-optimizer which would apply this optimisation automatically.
- 💸 Blitz - Build React Native Apps Faster for iOS, Android, and Web!
- 🐦 Expo docs updates - Bun, local dev, iOS capabilities...
- 📜 How to measure React Native performance with Flashlight: shows an example of using Flashlight to compare the scrolling performance of FlatList and Flashlist on Android. You can use ADB or Maestro commands to simulate scrolling.
- 📜 Remote controls for React TV apps: a declarative approach with react-tv-space-navigation 1.0!: details leading to the creation of react-tv-space-navigation, a cross-platform, agnostic spatial navigation solution that works on React TV apps, both web-based and native.
- 📦 React-Native v0.73 RC.2: v0.73 has just been released in RC. You'll have to check out the 🎥 Keynote at React-Native-EU to see all the highlights. These include one-click debug flow and stable symlinks support!
- 📦 vxrn - The magic of Vite, meet React Native: new experimental project wants to use Vite for cross-platform React-Native development, contrary to Expo, betting on Metro.
- 📦 Vision-Camera 3.3 - QR-code/Barcode scanner
- 📦 Vision-Camera-Barcode-Scanner
- 📦 Create-Expo-Stack CLI v2
- 🎥 Back to the Web: William Candillon unveils an experimental polyfill for Skia
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